September 2017, Vol. 2

ESSA and highly qualified standards

Does the Every Student Succeeds Act require newly hired paraprofessionals to be highly qualified? Find out in this issue's Q&A!

The state of staffing in school districts

Learn about the causes of teacher shortages today and some of the staffing challenges districts are facing.

Impact of DACA repeal on district staffing

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) workers currently holding valid work permits may not be eligible for continued employment when the permit expires.

Upcoming Events
Top 10 FLSA Mistakes to Avoid
Oct. 10, 2017


The Department of Labor investigators are more active than ever, collecting more than $1.2 billion in back wages over the past five years. In FY 2016, over $266 million was collected on behalf of more than 280,000 employees. This is a strong reminder that it is critical for school districts to comply with federal law in order to avoid costly fines, penalties, and payment of back wages. Join our FLSA experts to learn the top 10 mistakes school districts make and how to avoid them.

Managing Personnel Records
Oct. 24, 2017


Do you know what documents should be kept and for how long? This workshop will help you ensure your personnel records are complete and accurate and to reduce the time, effort, and space required to manage both paper and electronic personnel records.  

Texas School HR Administrators Academy (HR Academy)
Oct. 30, 2017

Austin Marriott North

Be prepared to hit the ground running, not one step behind! Co-sponsored by TASB and the Texas Association of School Personnel Administrators (TASPA), the HR Academy provides new administrators with the information and resources they need to meet the new challenges of a career in HR. Experienced attorneys, school human resources administrators, and human resource consultants will present topic sessions on the primary HR functions and critical issues every new administrator encounters. A notebook of resources is included in the registration fee.

Get a Grip on the FMLA
Nov. 9, 2017

ESC 20

Every leave request is unique, so how do you get a grip on all the rules for applying and processing family and medical leave? Using actual situations in exercises and case studies, participants will learn how to apply the FMLA regulations, identify potential problem areas, and develop procedures for administering family and medical leave. Scenarios related to standard FMLA, leave for qualifying exigency, and military caregiver leave will be used to discover answers to the most frequently asked family and medical leave questions.

Title IX Symposium: Theory and Practice
Nov. 15, 2017

TASB headquarters

TASB Risk Management Fund members in school districts and community colleges will learn the history of Title IX through the foundational case law, receive an update on recent litigation trends and relevant state legislation, and hear legal experts discuss the role of the Title IX coordinator. Participants will also receive practical advice on surviving complaints and litigation from the perspective of a former Office of Civil Rights (OCR) attorney and an experienced litigator.